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Supporting your child at home

All children have access to a wide variety of books. Children have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice and also a book levelled at their ability. Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day, taking children to the local library to read about our themes, and by practicing maths with them.

Reading Explorers at home:  Guided reading in KS2 uses the Reading Explorers Approach so that each week your child will do three structured lessons in their reading groups.  These comprise of a pre-read with the class teaching assistant to familiarise the children with the text, followed by a focussed read and guided/ modelled completing of comprehension questions with the teacher the next day.  This is then followed in the next session with an independent comprehension exercise linked to the same text.  On the day of their pre-read, your child will bring the text home to be read with an adult that night, and then returned to school, ready for the teacher-lead reading session the next day.  Please discuss the text with your child as you read and highlight/ underline any vocabulary that they don’t understand.  In addition, it would benefit the children if they could also highlight any words or phrases which they think are particularly powerful, unusual or effective.

Wider Reading:  The children have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice from either the school or their class library to encourage reading for pleasure and to strengthen their reading skills.  You can support your child’s learning by reading with and to them as often as possible and using a variety of texts, including magazines, comics and auditory texts.  When reading and discussing a text it is beneficial to develop an understanding of the text, its structure, reading between the lines and commenting upon author style/ intent.

Other Homework:  Little, often and fun is the key!  Especially for core knowledge of spellings and retention of basic number facts.  See the table above for how often this homework is set but we encourage all parents to routinely practise with their children.

Please remember, if you need help or ideas on how to support your child with their homework, please see your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.


Weekly spelling lists

Y3/4 Weekly Spelling List - Autumn Term 2

Y5/6 Weekly Spelling List - Autumn Term


Year 5/6 Targets

The "Going for Gold" targets for September in Year 5/6 are as follows:

Year 5/6

Target 1: 

Target 2 : 

Bronze – 

Bronze – 

Silver – 

Silver – 

Gold – 

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Useful websites

Times Tables Rock Star – coming soon to a class near you!  Check out our blog for more information in the next few weeks!

Maths games and practice:

BBC Bitesize Maths for the 2014 curriculum including games and clips to explain:

Tables Practice (Evaluation versions that are free to play online):

Maths and English games:

Spelling and Grammar:

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